GRE Level Words--Part 7

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Proletarian

A member of the working class.

Runic

Mysterious; magical.

Throwback

Exhibiting primitive, or ancestral traits.

Evanescent

Short-lived.

Admonitory

Scolding.

Vulpine

Like a fox.

Sinewy

Vigorous; having well-developed muscles.

Esoterica

Obscure details.

Burlesque

A comic play; lampoon.

Sinistral

Left-handed, or counter-clockwise.

Absolution

Forgiveness; pardon; release.

Resignation

Acceptance of fate.

Adroit

Skillful.

Pontificate

To speak pompously or dogmatically.

Illusory

Deceptive; false; misleading.

Exegesis

Scholarly explanation or interpretation.

Sanguinary

Bloodthirsty; bloody.

Celerity

Speed; quickness.

Scrupulous

Careful; diligent; painstaking.

Malefactor

A wrong-doer.

Chimerical

Changeable; unstable.

Parity

equality

Utopian

Believer in an ideal world.

Circumvent

To avoid.

Protean

Changeable.

Fortitude

Bravery.

Milieu

environment

Clemency

Mercy.

Inexpedient

Not advisable.

Venial

Minor; unimportant.

Misnomer

Wrong name.

Atrophy

To waste away from lack of use.

Insurgent

A rebel.

Vestigial

Not developed.

Peripient

Perceptive; insightful

Virulent

Dangerous; harmful.

Garish

Gaudy

Conflagration

A big fire.

Congenital

Present from birth.

Persnickety

Fastidious; fussy

Germinal

Just growing; not developed; immature.

Wane

To grow less.

Raze

destroy; demolish; tear down.

Wax

To increase; to grow more.

Purloin

To steal.

Certitude

Certainty.

Atavism

biological reappearance of ancestral traits; regression

Foible

Quirk; minor weakness.

Tendentious

Dogmatic; biased.

Hack

To chop roughly; person who writes to earn money; hired horse.

Purist

Conservative; one who insists on correct forms of language.

Maculated

spotted

seine

type of fishing net

Discountenance

Disallow.

Posterity

Future generations.

Posthumous

After death.

Acuity

Sharpness, mental or visual.

Subversive

rebellious; revolutionary.

Gratuitous

Unwarranted.

Peruse

To read carefully.

Elucidate

To make clear.

Consummate

Complete; total; supremely good.

Jaunt

a short pleasure trip.

Guffaw

sudden loud laughter.

Surreptitious

Secret; sneaky; stealthy.

nondescript

Having no special features; dull and ordinary.

Contusion

A bruise.

Pivotal

of central importance.

Relegate

To dismiss to a lower position.

Nonentity

A person of no importance; not famous.

Corpulent

Fat.

Gustatory

Concerned with the sense of taste.

Capitulate

Surrender; give in to.

Underscore

emphasize.

Vagrant

Person wandering from place to place without a home.

Parochial

Narrow-minded; concerned only with local matters.

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